By nate.landas - Last updated: Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Bill Self, the University of Kansas Head Basketball Coach, drills the habits of good man-to-man defense everyday with his Shell Drill. In this clip of an early practice, you will see the intensity that he demands from his young Jayhawk team.
Shell Drill: Front the Cutter and Down Screens
In this 4 on 4 version of the classic shell drill, the coach will start with the ball and then pass to an offensive player. The offense is playing live and trying to score out of two situations – one situation is setting a down screen, and the other situation is making a basket cut after making a guard to wing pass. The defense must defend by properly guarding a down screen, and fronting the cutter after jumping to the ball. You will hear Coach Self emphasizing important defensive concepts such as talk, jump to the ball, close out with high hands, and stay in stance.
By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, January 24, 2014
Gain excellent insight from Kansas Head Men’s Basketball Head Coach, Bill Self, with these 4 New ‘Open Basketball Practice’ videos. Coach Self was the recipient of the 2013 John R Wooden Legends of Coaching Award!
Train your players to beat any man or zone press using the “Six Man Press Drill”
Safely inbound against pressure defense with an effective set for spot throw-ins
Develop good fundamentals and build reliable basketball IQ with 2v2 and 3v3 scrimmages for post players and guards
Consistently beat any 2-3, 3-2, and zone press
Get easy scores with an out of bounds play and its counter designed for zones
Break any full court pressure defense easily with Kansas’ “3 near and 1 long”
Teach your players to find “windows” to slash through, as well as attract defenders
Learn Bill Self’s offensive system complete with marker board sessions and live practice footage
Learn how to take a complex ball screen offense and install it into a program with easy to understand concepts
Run a seamless organized offense including transition, secondary transition, a staple play and structured motion
Guard dribble hand-offs using tactics based your players’ strengths or your strategies
Train your players to operate as a team when defending screen-the-screener actions
Force turnovers by effectively positioning your players on and off the ball
By adam.warner - Last updated: Wednesday, April 3, 2013
In this week’s edition of All-Access, we return to Lawrence, Kansas for a behind-the-scenes look at a Kansas men’s basketball practice. Head coach Bill Self leads his squad through defensive stations, which includes back/fade screens, fronting the cutter, and down screens. Follow along with Coach Self and the Jayhawks and look for ways that you can implement these drills with your own squad this season.
First the team breaks down to three baskets for three different defensive stations. Essentially, each station breaks down the shell drill, which the squad eventually gets into later in practice.
Notes: Players must go full speed at all times. Also, every time that a player closes out, it’s critical to keep the hands high.
The action starts with the down screen station. Players go 2-on-2 with a separate passer and work on proper down screens (both offensively and defensively). Then the action moves into fronting the cutter, where in a 1-on-1 situation, the bigs must fight for positioning down low. Finally, we switch to back/fade screens at the third basket.
Watch below as the Jayhawks rotate through the drills and seamlessly transition to a different defensive technique. When implementing this drill on your home court, always look to switch sides of the floor in each rotation as well.
By adam.warner - Last updated: Wednesday, October 31, 2012
In this week’s edition of All-Access, we return to Lawrence, Kansas for a behind-the-scenes glimpse at a Kansas men’s basketball practice. Head coach Bill Self instructs his players about proper technique when defending certain screens, including ball, cross, and down screens. The team then splits up among baskets and works on defending each type of screen on both sides of the floor.
Defending Ball Screens
First, Coach Self gets into defending ball screens and reminds players to hedge the screen on the backside. Another key is to change your feet from driving to the outside to driving to the inside where the help is.
Meanwhile, it’s critical to hedge on the “same board” and make your opponent do one of three things: pick up the ball, change direction, or charge. To switch and play the ball screen correctly, go over the ball screen and under your teammate.
Watch below as the players simulate the action at different baskets. They go four times total, with two reps on each side.
Defending Cross Screens and Down Screens
Based on the way Kansas plays defensively, the team doesn’t switch often. However, when they do, this is how it works.
When it comes to guards and it’s a “like” screen, meaning a screen by a 1, 2, or 3 player, then players will switch on all ball screens and hand offs. If it’s a big and a little, the team won’t switch on anything until its under 10 seconds on the shot clock. In this case, the team will call out “solid” and will switch on all handoffs and ball screens. Bigs are different. Bigs switch on all screens.
Let’s say the offense passes the ball from the wing to down low. We are now playing low post defense. If the ball is beneath the free throw line extended, then look to try and get the low side.
All the while, the big man in the middle should look to get as big as he can on the cross screen. Don’t let the screener get his chest to your shoulder. By maintaining a huge presence, it creates space as the big in the center can push through. When the cross screen occurs, don’t let the offense go body to body. Create space to get through.
Watch below as the squad runs through cross and down screens at full speed.
By adam.warner - Last updated: Wednesday, November 16, 2011
In this week’s edition of All Access, we take you back to Lawrence, Kansas for an exclusive look at a Kansas men’s basketball practice. Head coach Bill Self leads his squad through a variety of passing and fast break drills during one of the first practices of the 2009-10 season.
First, the team runs through the Pioneer Drill, a fast-paced passing drill, before moving into 2-on-1 Passing. The Jayhawks eventually get into some transition drills like the 4-Man Break and then finish up with the classic Shell Drill.
This is a quick passing drill set within the confines of the paint. There are five lines of players and one minute set on the clock. Players must keep the ball up and in the air, never letting it hit the ground. They can keep the ball up by slight jumps and meeting the ball in the air. Players must count out loud on each pass and move to the end of the line once they have made the pass. This continuous passing drill gets faster and faster until the minute on the clock is up.
This is a keep away-style drill where it’s just two offensive players going against one defender. The offensive players are stationary and must use proper footwork and pass fakes to pass around the defender and across the lane to a teammate. Meanwhile, defenders must work on their defensive positioning, hands, footwork, and getting down nice and low to defend the pass. The passer moves on to become the defender.
A coach initiates the drill by shooting and missing. The players fight for the rebound before transitioning up the court on a 4-man break. Each player touches the ball on the way up the floor. Players mix it up when it comes to shots, from layups to elbow jumpers to lobs down low. The key here is for players to push the ball up the floor fast and finish on the other end. Each group goes up and back.
One at a time, a team of five goes up against a dummy defense for three reps. It starts with a rebound off a miss and a battle amongst teammates for the rebound. Once it’s settled, they immediately push the ball up the floor.
This first time up the floor, players can score anyway they want. After they push it back up the other way, they must step back and set up a quick offensive play against a dummy defense. The particular play here is called Stagger, where a shooter will come off a screen and hit a quick shot at the elbow. Now on the third time down the floor, the unit must attack the elbow, reverse it, and then throw it inside.
Even the top college basketball programs in the country practice this classic drill. It’s 4-on-4 drill that starts with ball movement around the perimeter. When the coach shoots the ball, each player must block off and attack the glass.
Meanwhile, the defense changes its positioning based on passes. After 10-15 seconds of passes, there’s a shot by the coach and everyone crashes the boards. This is where the drill gets physical. The defense finds the nearest player and blocks out. The offense crashes the boards and looks for the offensive rebound.
The Shell Drill is a practical, useful drill that’s been used for decades across all levels. Elements of passing, sound defense, rebounding, and boxing out are all covered here — all within a game-like atmosphere.